Lunch Shaming Legislation Update
Senator Jay Costa gives an update on his lunch shaming legislation. The legislation bars schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing students, making students do chores or discard a meal from a student that has already been served if he or she can’t pay for it.
It also would require schools to provide a meal to a student who requests one regardless if they can pay for it unless their parent or guardian has given written permission to withhold the meal.
Pennsylvania is under a REAL ID enforcement extension until October 18, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority has created the Clean Water Assistance Fund to help families pay their sewage treatment bills. This program serves low-income residential customers in the 83 municipalities that ALCOSAN serves. It is administered by Dollar Energy Fund.
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Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa today decried a move by the federal government to rescind state protections for medical marijuana programs. “Pennsylvania went through a very thorough process backed by expert testimony, public...read more
Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa and State Representative Ed Gainey announced $475,000 in state support today to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park in Wilkinsburg. “I’m pleased to have worked with the Borough of Wilkinsburg to...read more
Pittsburgh, PA – December 29, 2017 – Democratic Leader Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced more than $2.5 million in funding to local businesses in the Oakland-based Keystone Innovation Zone. “We need to retain the bright, young college students who are...read more
ISSUES AND PRIORITIES
This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.
Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.
With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.
Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus
The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture. Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.